Former Bishop Fox’s School and Richard Huish College student, Abbie Colwell, from Taunton has graduated with a First Class Honours Degree in Law from the London School of Economics (LSE).
Abbie’s ambition to become a solicitor began at Huish in 2012, after leaving Bishops Fox’s School, as she started her A Levels in Law, Psychology, English Language and an EPQ. During a recent visit from Abbie, she talked about the highlights of her education and career journey so far.
“I knew I wanted to study A Levels, and I chose Huish due to its excellent reputation in the South West. I attended Open Days and did a number of taster sessions, which allowed me to get a feel for the College and experience the subjects I studied.”
After leaving Huish in 2014, Abbie went on to study law at the LSE where she completed work experience at law firms, sat with a judge and shadowed a barrister at the Old Bailey. “I’ve known since a Magistrates’ Court visit when I was about 11 that I wanted to pursue a career in Law, so a Law Degree felt like the natural next step for me. I researched universities and worked with my tutor at Huish to narrow down my options and prepare applications. With her encouragement and support, I applied to the LSE and was ecstatic to receive an offer.”
Abbie’s long term plan for the future is to become a solicitor, hopefully specialising in criminal law and human rights. “I knew I was interested in criminal law in particular after my introduction to this area during A Level Law - I was lucky enough to be a part of Roger Stidwill’s lively and interesting classes, and he really sparked my passion for the subject. My interest in criminal law then grew during my degree as I studied modules on Sentencing of Offenders, and Evidence law. I hope to return to London as a solicitor eventually, although in the immediate future I would like to work in the South West.”
While at Huish, Abbie achieved 100% in her final two A Level Law exams gaining her the Broomhead and Saul Law Prize for her year. She has kept in touch with Roger since leaving Huish, and he still gives her guidance and puts her in touch with contacts for work experience, which has proved invaluable. Abbie was also part of the English Language Mentor Scheme and a college ambassador; activities that she says helped her become the successful person she is today.
Abbie officially graduated on 12th July 2017 with a First Class Honours Law Degree, and this was her reaction, “When I got my final result, I couldn’t believe it - I still don’t think it’s quite sunk in yet. Studying law at the LSE has been an amazing experience, and I’m excited to see what I end up doing next.”